Governor’s Veto List
Governor Scott vetoed $461.4 million in special projects from the state budget for 2015-2016, passed by the Florida Legislature on June 19. Of potential interest to manufacturers are the following:
$ 250,000 Okaloosa County Science and Technology Education Middle School
$ 284,000 Pine Ridge High School Advanced Manufacturing Program
$1,094,301 Seminole County Public Schools High-Tech Manufacturing Program
$1,000,000 Educational Aerospace Partnership Center
$ 500,000 Tampa Bay Region Aeronautics II
$ 43,000 Martin County Hazardous Materials Response Team
$27,300,000 Dispersed Water Management
$ 250,000 City of Opa-Locka Brownfield Project
$ 1,000,000 Industrial Park Rail Spur in Hardee County
$ 300,000 Port Manatee Security Improvements
$ 1,250,000 Manufacturing Academy and Apprenticeship/Internship Program
$ 1,000,000 Glades County Gateway Logistics and Manufacturing
and Training Center
$ 495,000 Tallahassee Regional Hazardous Materials Response
$ 259,500 EFI – Africa Trade Expansion Program
$ 596,000 EDC – Space Coast
$10,000,000 International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research
$ 500,000 FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Exploration
$ 325,000 Mining Study
$1,598,061 Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate Program
$ 1,875,000 MOSI Design and Construction for STEM Showcase and MOSI
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)
Over the past couple weeks we have seen a lot of movement with TPA between the US House and Senate. On June 24 the Senate made the passing vote which sent TPA to President Obama’s desk. This victory will open doors for trade and domestic job growth, a huge win for the manufacturing industry! MAF has been advocating for TPA for quite some time and we greatly appreciate our members who showed their support as well. Senator Bill Nelson was a big part of the bill’s passage and Nancy Stephens, MAF, has been in contact with his office on numerous occasions to encourage and thank him for his support.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
The US House voted on the TSCA reform act on June 23 and passed the bill with astonishingly high support. The vote, 398-1, is evidence of major work by both parties to put forth a well-rounded bill. While the legislation was strongly favored by the House, it is expected to see a more complex and deeper discussion on the Senate floor. The House vote is a major victory and we are very excited about what will happen in the upcoming weeks!
Medical Devices Excise Tax
On June 18, the US House voted 280-140 to pass the bill titled Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015. The bill seeks to repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales. The tax was part of the Affordable Care Act and became effective in January 2013. MAF supports the repeal as this is expected to cost more than $24 billion in taxes over a 10 year period. It’s another tax our manufacturers cannot afford! The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is also supporting this issue and we will continue to follow the progress of this bill as it moves to the Senate floor.
Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015
MAF supported this bill and worked with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to advocate for its passage. We are happy to report the US Senate passed the bill on June 18. The bill is a significant rail reform and helps make the Surface Transportation Board more efficient by streamlining rate disputes and reviews the railroad rate bundling practices. The bill is on the way to the US House.
We are gearing up for Manufacturing Month in October so mark your calendars now! Official Manufacturing Day will be celebrated on October 2.
Annual Summit Registration is Open!
The 2015 Annual Summit and Marketplace will be held November 4-6 in West Palm Beach, Florida! Register now to secure a seat at this much anticipated event.
The 2015 theme is Connecting The Dots where our speakers will talk about best Practices, Economic Development, International Trade and more. Make sure you join us for the Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner as we recognize Florida’s best in manufacturing!
For event information and registration, click here<http://www.mafmfg.com/events/event_details.asp?id=637979>.
For the summit agenda, click here<http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.mafmfg.com/resource/resmgr/2015_Summit/Agenda_for_Web.pdf>.
The summit will be held at West Palm Beach Marriott, please call (800) 228-9290 for room reservations.
Revisions to Storage Tank Regulations
The Aboveground Storage Tank Technical Advisory Group met on June 15 and 16 to discuss rule changes with revisions to the definitions, prohibitions, permit fees, hydrogeological and geotechnical investigation requirements, and several others. The draft rule language is attached to the newsletter. Any comments by the public on this rule are due by COB Monday, July 13.
The EPA has also released final rule language in regards to Underground Storage Tank regulations and revisions. These include new requirements for secondary containment and operator training. This rule is also attached to the newsletter.
Florida DEP Workshop
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a workshop on June 30 to discuss rule changes to Chapters 62-777 and 62-780, FAC. These chapters focus on contaminated site cleanup and target levels. The workshop will be held in Tallahassee but is also available via phone and webinar. The packet with agenda, rule language and meeting information is attached to the newsletter.
Small Business Survey
The Florida Chamber Small Business Survey results were released on June 24. More than 78% of those surveyed expect economic growth within 12 months and more than 45% will be looking to hire new employees. More than half of the small businesses surveyed reported they were better off than they were 6 months ago! View the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/q7jwhn2